In the gospel today, Jesus gives his disciples another parable to help them understand what he means when he talks about the Kingdom of Heaven. He doesn’t describe it, but instead lets us know that seeking and finding it will require effort and sacrifice.
While visiting our religious in Ghana, West Africa, I witnessed this example in a dramatic fashion. I met African men and women whose hearts and flesh cried out for the living God. I would come to know then how God had clearly cast his net far and wide and that God continues to cast his net, inviting all of humanity to embrace his mission and the Kingdom of Heaven.
There is much that we can bring to our personal and family prayer today, as we celebrate St. Alphonse Liguori. First, a request for help to overcome struggles or hardships that can easily undermine our prayer; and secondly an openness to embrace all God’s people who are different from us.
Lord, we yearn for Your work in our lives! Open us up to receive Your Word!
About Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!